Call for papers: Special issue of ‘Intervention’ on psychosocial work and peacebuilding
Although there is increasing attention for the complex relationships between individual trauma and the larger social contexts in which they occur, we still have only a fragmented understanding about the ways in which psychosocial interventions and practices in conflict and post-conflict situations influence long-term collective social processes of peacebuilding, reconciliation and other forms of social transformation. Identifying and describing the key determinants of psychosocial projects that could contribute to wider social transformation would represent a major contribution to the field of Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in post-conflict settings. In order to address the shortage of systematic attention for the links between peacebuilding and MHPSS work ‘Intervention, the International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict’ will prepare a special issue on this topic.
The issue will contain papers produced by researchers involved in the multi-site research project: ‘Trauma, Development and Peacebuilding: Towards an Integrated Psycho-Social Approach’ led by Brandon Hamber and Elizabeth Gallagher of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at the University of Ulster, UK. This research project, that concluded in 2012, resulted in a series of case studies analysing different psychosocial initiatives in areas that have been deeply affected by violent conflict, such as Guatemala, the occupied Palestinian territories, Kashmir, Mozambique, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
We would also like to add case studies from other areas. Therefore we invite articles and field reports on this topic. We are particularly interested in papers that link field-experiences with psychosocial programming and practices to theories of social transformation, peacebuilding and reconciliation. Intervention contains three types of article:
1. Peer-reviewed articles (around 5000 words): externally reviewed by three independent experts. Papers in this section usually follow the structure of scholarly papers and use the headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusion).
2. Field reports (around 2500-4000 words): practice-oriented papers describing and analysing programmes or approaches in mental health and psychosocial support. The papers are reviewed by (guest) editors.
3. Personal reflections: (around 800-1600 words): short pieces exploring the relation between mental health and psychosocial work in post-conflict settings and personal life experiences of the authors.
Detailed instructions can be found in the ‘Instructions for Authors’ and on our websites (see below)
Brandon Hamber, guest editor
Elizabeth Gallagher, guest editor
Ananda Galappatti, editor
Peter Ventevogel, editor in chief
Deadline for submissions: 1 July 2013
Only electronic submissions will be accepted. See: www.editorialmanager.com/int
For more information please contact Peter Ventevogel ([log in to unmask]) or visit the following websites:
www.interventionjournal.com (articles of 12 month and older, available for downloading free of charge)
www.interventionjnl.com (publisher's site)
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